Pierre Bourdieu defines effects of a place as the way that the social structures define physical and social space, thus making a reflection on how space is constructed mimetically to economic and class structures.
Costa Rican middle class is traditionally regarded as the cradle for democracy and economic growth of the country, it also seems to be a shapeless, fragile, indebted sector with a strong aspirational component, its members subject to symbolic violence, trapped between acquired taste and what is really acquirable. This is true for the consumption of architecture as well, the difference between what is wanted and the access to a loan for it is traumatic.
This house is located between lower class and upper class - physically - in a community of very low material value while aspiring to have all the comforts of an expensive residence. The way to negotiate this is by using the predominant discrete materials of the neighborhood, “more volume with less matter”, in alternative ways, to achieve a particular aesthetic resulting from the tension in the juxtaposition of materials themselves and the increasingly valuable objects (furniture, appliances, etc) acquired as a natural consequence of material progress. A thorough standardization and structural optimization of materials, the enhancement of their inherent aesthetic value like in simple folded corrugated metal, and progressive finishes (as an addition and an option, not as a replacement) resulted in $ 400 per sqm. for a 200 sqm house with many spatial possibilities.
Location: Zamora, CR
Area: 200 m2
Photography: Adrián Soto, GN Studio